Spay and Neuter in Fayetteville

About Spay and Neuter Surgery

If you have a new puppy or kitten, you may already be anticipating spay and neuter surgery. This common procedure offers medical and behavioral benefits to your pet. The fact of the matter is that more pets are entering animal shelters than there is capacity. Helping control animal overpopulation by responsibly having your pet spayed or neutered saves lives. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy behavioral benefits and your pet will likely live a longer, healthier life. At Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital, we work with pet owners to advise them on the best time for spay or neuter surgery so four-legged friends receive the most benefits possible.

Behavioral and Medical Benefits for Your Pet

Cats and dogs are loyal companions, but they’re also valued family members. The behavioral benefits your pet receives when spayed or neutered increases the quality of life for you both. Since intact pets will often roam far and wide looking for a mate, they’re at an increased risk of becoming lost or injured. Worrisome behavior like roaming is just one that’s significantly reduced when you have your female pet spayed or your male pet neutered.

Benefits for female pets include:

  • Unwanted pregnancies are eliminated.
  • Urine spraying, or marking behavior, is reduced or eliminated.
  • Roaming behavior is reduced or eliminated.
  • The chances of developing ovarian or uterine tumors are eliminated.
  • Occurrences of mammary gland tumors are reduced.

Benefits for male pets include:

  • Mounting behavior is reduced or eliminated.
  • Urine spraying, or marking behavior, is reduced or eliminated.
  • Roaming behavior is reduced or eliminated.
  • Aggressive tendencies may be reduced.
  • Chances of developing testicular cancer are eliminated.
  • Prostate issues are reduced.

When Your Pet Should Be Spayed or Neutered

As important spay or neuter surgery is, we like to wait to perform the procedure at just the right time. We always wait until at least 6 months of age in order to address any retained baby teeth that can disease the adult teeth if left behind. Since research shows a decreased chance of mammary cancer, we recommend that all female dogs be spayed at 6 months old. Most dogs can also be neutered by six months old. Schedule a new puppy's wellness exam to discuss more this important procedure.

Another reason for the correct timing of spay or neuter surgery is that it plays an integral role in providing your pet with some of its medical benefits. When pets undergo spay or neuter surgery before their first heat cycle, the incidence of mammary cancer is significantly reduced. Please contact us for more information about pet spay and neuter surgery and how we thoughtfully look after your pet’s veterinary care.

Spay and Neuter in Fayetteville

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